Sunday, October 22, 2017

Skepticism and Religion Workshop

On November 7-8, the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies (Hamburg) will host the workshop Scepticism and Religion in al-Ghazālī, Maimonides, and Hume. Detailed information can be found here.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oswaldo Porchat (1933-2017)

On October 15th, Oswaldo Porchat Pereira passed away. This is very sad news particularly for the Brazilian philosophical community. Porchat pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies in philosophy at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), obtaining a Ph.D. with a dissertation on Aristotle’s conception of science. He spent research periods in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. He was the founder of both the philosophy department and the Centro de Lógica, Epistemologia e História da Ciência at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). He considered himself a skeptic and devoted his work almost exclusively to discussing Sextus Empiricus's Pyrrhonism. His teaching and writings exerted a strong influence on his students (e.g., Plínio Junqueira Smith, Luiz Eva, Otávio Bueno, Roberto Bolzani), to the extent that several of them devoted their own work to the study of skepticism, creating in Brazil a relatively large community of academics interested in that philosophical movement. At the time of his death, he was emeritus professor at USP. I met him once in 2014, in São Paulo, when I gave a talk about his neo-Pyrrhonism, which is expounded in a series of papers collected in Rumo ao Ceticismo (Editora UNESP, 2007). It is quite hard to determine exactly what his skeptical stance consists in, but as he told me then, he always took his latest paper to be the true expression of his thought and was largely unconcerned with whether it was consistent with the ideas expounded in his previous writings. He seemed to be a gentle person.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Lecture on Jewish Skepticism

Giuseppe Veltri (Hamburg) will give the lecture “Negotiating the Principle of (Non)-Contradiction: Johann Frischmuth (1619-1687) on the Rabbinic Sceptic Dialectic” both at Johns Hopkins University (October 24th) and at Princeton University (October 25th). For more information, click here and here, respectively.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Lecture on Ancient Skepticism

On October 16th, Giuseppe Veltri (Hamburg) will give the lecture, “Ancient Skepticism: Strategies of a Philosophical Movement,” at the American University in Bulgaria. You can find more information here.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Conference on Skepticism in Early Modern Philosophy

On October 13-15, the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Canada) will host the conference “Scepticisme, rhétorique et politique à l'âge classique.” You can read the program by going here or by clicking on the images below.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Skepticism and Moral Thought

The following collective volume has just been published: J.-C. Darmon, P. Desan, and G. Paganini (eds.), Scepticisme et pensée morale: De Michel de Montaigne à Stanley Cavell (Paris: Hermann, 2017). Contributors include Matteo Vincenzo D'Alfonso, Jean-Charles Darmon, Philippe Desan, Emiliano Ferrari, Sylvia Giocanti, Michel Jarrety, Denis Kambouchner, Sandra Laugier, John Christian Laursen, Christophe Litwin, Guillaume Métayer, Nicola Panichi, Francine Pessel Markovits, Anne Staquet. For more information, go here.

Monday, September 4, 2017

New Issue of Sképsis

Volume 15 of the Brazilian journal Sképsis is now out. You can read it for free here.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Issue 7.3 of IJSS

Issue 7.3 of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism has just been published online. It contains articles by Ethan Ellis and Kok Yong Lee, a discussion by Tommaso Piazza, and book reviews by Scott Aikin & Alyssa Lowery and Robin McKenna. You can find it here.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ten Years

Aporia turns ten years old today. Skepticism in its various forms continues to be a hot topic in philosophy, so the blog will probably be around for a few more years.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Moral Significane of Disgust

Some authors have recently defended a skeptical view on the moral significance of disgust: feelings of disgust are irrelevant to the epistemic justification of moral judgments and norms. An article has just been published in Philosophers' Imprint challenging that view: “Foul Behavior,” by Victor Kumar. It can be accessed for free here.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sextus's Outlines in the Middle Ages

Quite a few years ago, I read that Roland Wittwer (Berlin) was working on a book about the first Latin translation of Sextus's Pyrrhonian Outlines. The title was supposed to be something like Sextus Latinus: Die erste lateinische Übersetzung von Sextus Empiricus' Pyrrôneioi Hypotypôseis. A couple of days ago, I discovered by chance that in the end he published an article on the issue: “Sextus Empiricus' Outlines of Pyrrhonism in the Middle Ages,” Vivarium 54 (2016). He calls into question the widely accepted view that Niccolò da Reggio was the author of that Latin translation of the Outlines. To read the article, click here

Friday, July 28, 2017

Evolution & Moral Epistemology

For those interested in moral skepticism, there's a call for abstracts for the conference “Evolution & Moral Epistemology,” to be held at Utrecht University (The Netherlands) on April 18–20, 2018. For complete information, go here.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Skepticism and Religion in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Today, Bryn Mawr Classical Review published Máté Veres's review of A.-I. Bouton-Touboulic & C. Lévy​ (eds.), Scepticisme et religion: constantes et évolutions, de la philosophie hellénistique à la philosophie médiévale (Brepols, 2016). Click here to read it.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Research Associate Position

There's a call for applications for a research associate position for a project on skepticism at the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies, Universität Hamburg. For complete information, go here.